first name

noun

Definition of first name

: the name that stands first in one's full name

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Examples of first name in a Sentence

Children at the school call their teachers by their first names. the parents still haven't picked a first name for the baby

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Lalaine Vergara-Para, who goes by just her first name, has kept a pretty low profile since her time on Lizzie McGuire, making a few appearances on TV shows and movies here and there. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The Cast of "Lizzie McGuire": Then and Now," 26 Aug. 2019 Smaller markers assigned to specific grave plots denote who is buried in that spot — often with only their name (in my family, only first names are used for these markers). Amy Dickinson, The Denver Post, "Ask Amy: Mom’s grave is going to need a larger stone," 24 Aug. 2019 Smaller markers assigned to specific grave plots denote who is buried in that spot — often with only their name (in my family, only first names are used for these markers). Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: Can I stop them from adding these words to her gravestone?," 24 Aug. 2019 Smaller markers assigned to specific grave plots denote who is buried in that spot – often with only their name (in my family, only first names are used for these markers). Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Mom’s grave is going to need a larger stone," 24 Aug. 2019 The friend, who gave only her first name, Elizabeth, was alarmed and said no. Annie Correal, New York Times, "‘She Was Like You and Me’: A Death and Life in the Bronx Opioid Crisis," 9 Aug. 2019 The vendor engraved my first name on it, spelled it wrong, and wrote it crooked. Bulletin Board, Twin Cities, "Sunday Bulletin Board: Here’s how to break an awkward silence on the way up or down.," 8 Sep. 2019 Some records related to him list Rodgers’ first name as Montray, with Omari as his middle name. Jeff Weiner, orlandosentinel.com, "Woman crashed car after being shot in the head, Orlando police say; suspect arrested," 23 July 2019 The beauty mogul's other brands, Kimoji and KKW Beauty riff off her first name as well—but without referencing an age-old, traditional Japanese garment. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim Kardashian West Will Relaunch Her "Kimono" Line Under a New Name," 1 July 2019

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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first name

noun

English Language Learners Definition of first name

: the name that comes first in someone's full name

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